Iron Ore Trading Tripled Last Month on Demand Speculation

Trading in iron ore tripled last month from a year earlier on speculation of increased demand this month after China holidays, The Steel Index said.

Swaps and options trading in iron ore across all exchanges and clearinghouses was 19.63 million tons, near the record of 20.3 million tons in September 2012 and up 215 percent from 6.24 million tons a year earlier, The Steel Index, which publishes iron ore prices, said in an e-mailed report today. Prices of ore with 62 percent iron ore content delivered to the Chinese port of Tianjin climbed 5.3 percent in January.

Volatility increased in the second half of January as “some traders cut short positions, further boosting liquidity,” The Steel Index said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Claudia Carpenter in London at ccarpenter2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Claudia Carpenter at ccarpenter2@bloomberg.net

Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.

Bloomberg reserves the right to remove comments but is under no obligation to do so, or to explain individual moderation decisions.

Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.